New Zealand North Island Tour

New Zealand North Island Tours

New Zealand’s North Island thoroughly engages the body and the spirit, often at the same time. This ten-day trip promises loads of both. Up here, you’ll pick up some sustainable living tips on a conservation farm and learn Maori culture straight from the source while bunking in villages in the bush. Elsewhere, you’ll sea kayak in a secluded harbour, get a surfing lesson from an expert, and overnight on a houseboat. There’s much more, but we’ve gotta leave some surprises, right?

Itinerary

Day 1 Auckland

Arrive at any time.

Day 2 Auckland/Bay of Islands

Travel north via backroads, stopping to see giant kauri trees, and go for an included snorkel at Goat Island Marine Reserve (seasonal). Board a large houseboat for an overnight trip through the beautiful Bay of Islands.

Meals included:

Breakfast | Dinner

Day 3 Bay of Islands/Paihia

Enjoy free time in the morning on the boat. Choose to do a number of included water activities like kayaking, snorkelling, fishing or visiting nearby islands. Opt to go on a dolphin watching tour. Disembark with some time to explore Paihia before a Kiwi barbecue.

Meals included:

Breakfast | Lunch | Dinner

Day 4 Paihia/Auckland

Enjoy a free morning to relax, or opt to swim with dolphins, go skydiving, or check out the historic Waitangi Treaty Grounds.

Meals included:

Breakfast

Day 5 Auckland/Raglan

Visit a special conservation farm to learn about their methods before sea kayaking to a harbour for a picnic lunch.

Meals included:

Breakfast | Lunch

Day 6 Raglan

Enjoy an included surf lesson in one of the world’s most famous surf areas, then opt to go mountain biking or rent a stand up paddle board.

Exclusive Inclusions:

Hands-On Surf Lessons

Meals included:

Breakfast | Dinner

Day 7Raglan/Rotorua

Opt to go caving before heading to Rotorua, notable for its geothermal activity and culture. Visit a local village to gain insight into Maori culture.

Meals included:

Breakfast

Day 8Rotorua/Tongariro National Park

Travel around Lake Taupo and explore the volcanic UNESCO World Heritage-listed national parks in the area. Conquer the Tongariro Alpine Crossing, New Zealand’s top-rated 1-day trek (seasonal).

Meals included:

Breakfast | Dinner

Day 9Tongariro National Park/Wellington

Hit the nation’s capital and visit the national museum, Te Papa, or stroll along Oriental Parade. Check out some of the area’s great bars and cafés.

Exclusive Inclusions:

Big Night Out

Meals included:

Breakfast

Day 10Wellington

Depart at any time.

Meals included:

Breakfast

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What’s Included

  • Hands-On: Surf Lessons, Raglan
  • Big Night Out: Wellington
  • Overnight houseboat excursion with onboard activities including snorkelling, fishing, and kayaking (Bay of Islands)
  • Conservation farm visit (Raglan)
  • Sea kayaking excursion (Raglan)
  • Maori cultural experience
  • Tongariro Alpine Crossing (seasonal)
  • Orientation walk in Wellington
  • All transport between destinations and to/from included activities

Accommodations

Hostels (4 nts), houseboat (1 nt), basic lodges (3 nts), basic hotel (1 nt). Most nights are multi-share.

Meals

9 breakfasts, 2 lunches, 4 dinners
Allow USD175-230 for meals not included.

Transportation

Private vehicle, walking

Staff & experts

Chief Experience Officer (CEO) throughout, local guides.

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